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NASF Photo Fellowship: Pennsylvania Wilds and Elk Country Visitor Center

Photo of elk by Leslie RobertsonBy Leslie Robertson
NASF Foundation photography fellow

Today I met up with Jean Devlin, an Education Program Specialist in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) communications department with whom I went on yesterday's timber tour.

Rare Wolverine Caught on Camera in Utah

Wildlife biologists recently scanning photographs taken by a trail camera in the Uinta Mountains last winter saw something never before captured in Utah: the first official photographs of a wolverine.

Kim Hersey, Mammals Conservation Coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), says biologists from the DWR and the United States Forest Service set four stations along the north slope of the Uinta Mountains to capture images of any elusive forest-dwelling carnivores.

Matt Harris New CEO of NASF Partner Arbor Day Foundation

Matt Harris is the new Arbor Day Foundation's new chief executive, only the second in the organization's 42 year history.

"The work of the Arbor Day Foundation is as important as ever," Harris said in an Arbor Day press release.

"We stand poised to expand our leadership role in ensuring that trees are recognized as a vital part of solving challenging global issues. People's lives are positively affected every day by trees. Planting trees helps to address pollution, water quality, climate change, hunger and poverty around the world."

NASF Foundation Photography Fellow to Document Minnesota's Working Forests July 14-18

The NASF Foundation photography fellow Leslie Robertson is headed to the forests of Minnesota on July 14. 

Robertson will document working forests of Minnesota, including economic benefits from recreation in state forests, public benefits such as clean air and water from St. Paul's urban forests, as well as the professionals that work for the Department of Natural Resources.

White Pine Chainsaw Art!

Mark Tyoe uses a chainsaw as he carves a bear sculpture from white pine on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Salisbury, N.Y. The upstate New York artist’s detailed renderings of curious bears, soaring eagles and other wildlife scenes have won him acclaim and earned him a living for many years.Mark Tyoe of Salisbury, New York carves eagles, mountain men and wolves from white pine. His specialty is bears.

NASF Foundation Photography Fellowship Kicks off July 14

Photo of Leslie RobertsonOur NASF Foundation photography fellow Leslie heads to Minnesota on July 14.

Following that trip will be a photographic journey into the forests and Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, and California.

Mississippi Tree Farmer of the Year is Patrice O’Brien

Patrice O'Brien of Oakland is the first woman to win the Mississippi Forestry Association Tree Farmer of the Year award.

O’Brien got into the agriculture business when her father passed away in 1982, leaving the family's Twin Oaks Farm for her and her siblings to manage.

“I was 30 years old at the time and had a full-time job and a 2-year-old son,” O’Brien said. “And here we had this farm. I felt ill-prepared to manage the farm. We eventually decided we should plant the pasture land with pine trees, and that started our first real experience working with trees.”

Meet NASF Foundation's 2014 Photography Fellow Leslie Robertson

With support from the NASF Foundation, NASF has selected Leslie Robertson of Illinois as its 2014 Photography Fellow.

The outstanding photographer was selected from our strongest pool of candidates yet and will document the theme Working Forests Work throughout California, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Minnesota.

This is the third year that Foundation has supported the fellowship, an opportunity to help tell the story of America’s working forests through the professionals who work in them.

Good Sign for Forest Markets: Oregon Mill Gets Ready to Reopen

Rough & Ready Lumber in Cave Junction, Oregon is back in business one year after it was forced to shut due to weak markets for timber.

Some employees have already been hired, and the mill is set to reopen in July. Funding comes from a $1 million Business Oregon loan and $4 million in state and federal tax credits that will pay for upgrading the small-log mill to handle logs as small as 6 inches in diameter.

The music of the trees

Bartholomäus Traubeck has designed a one-of-a-kind record player, complete with truly one-of-a-kind records, that plays the cross sections of trees.  Piano tracks are formed based on individual characteristics of wood, such as strength, thickness, or rate of growth.  The resulting music ranges from beautiful to eerie, and presents a new way to appreciate these trees.

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